LAH couple give big for mental health

Courtesy of El Camino Hospital
Doug and Mary Scrivner matched a $1 million donation to El Camino Hospital’s ASPIRE program this month. ASPIRE is a seven-year-old program which allows youth and young adults to receive outpatient mental health services while receiving course credit.

El Camino Hospital in Mountain View has fulfilled a $1 million challenge posed to hospital supporters by Mary and Doug Scrivner of Los Altos Hills. Last April, the Scrivners promised to match gifts up to $1 million donated to the hospital’s new mental health initiative.

According to hospital officials, 269 people donated to the challenge to fund an endowment for the hospital’s After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE) program, launched in 2010.

Health care on demand from Mountain View service

Courtesy of Direct Urgent Care
Dr. Ceasar Djavaherian is the president of Direct Urgent Care.

For most doctors in Silicon Valley, melding technology and medicine means cutting-edge machines performing high-powered work backed by Sand Hill Road venture capital. But for Caesar Djavaherian, M.D., medical technology means a smart phone.

Djavaherian is president and co-founder of Direct Urgent Care, a 3-year-old health service with an office in Mountain View that aims to make health care accessible and complete with current-day conveniences.

Hair loss: Don't despair, treatment is here

Every day, most people lose approximately 100 hairs from their heads. But nobody notices, because nearly 100,000 strands remain. It is only when the 100 lost ones aren’t replaced by 100 new ones growing in that someone goes bald.

Usually hair loss isn’t obvious until someone loses more than 50 percent of the hair on their head. But the loss can start surreptitiously, sometimes with men in their 20s and women in their 30s or 40s.

Honest talk about depression and psychotropic drugs during pregnancy

Depression is common during pregnancy. Up to one-quarter of women experience depressive symptoms such as sadness, loss of interest, low motivation, crying spells, loss of appetite, poor concentration and suicidal thoughts. The risk of an episode is higher, 25- 50 percent, among women with a history of depression.

A question I get from many of my patients is whether or not to take psychotropic medications during pregnancy. This is a difficult choice to make for most parents-to-be. The answer is different for everyone and is based on one’s personal risk-benefit profile. No two brains work the same.

Keep your holiday stress level to a minimum

The stress of family holiday events and professional commitments may make you feel like you are in your own version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” While the added responsibilities of parties and school functions can turn anyone into poor George Bailey, don’t let seasonal stress steal your joy and spirit of giving.

Following are suggestions for dodging the holiday blues and staying healthy and energized.

Tips for nutritious holiday nibbling

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Holiday food does not have to be heavy. Fresh fruit and smaller portions can make even sweet treats restorative.

The holiday season is the most delicious time of the year, but it can also bring lots of extra sugar, fat and calories.

Sharing traditional holiday foods with family and friends can be one of the most pleasurable parts of the holiday season. But there’s no need to sacrifice your waistline and gain weight. By using a few simple strategies, it is possible to enjoy your favorite holiday foods without overindulging.

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